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English definition of “tear”


noun     /tɪər/ US  /tɪr/
B1 [C usually plural] a drop of salty liquid that flows from the eye , as a result of strong emotion , especially unhappiness , or pain : tears of remorse / regret / happiness / joy / laughter Did you notice the tears in his eyes when he talked about Diane? Why do arguments with you always reduce me to tears (= make me cry )? I won't shed (any) tears (= I will not be unhappy ) when he goes, I can tell you!Bodily fluids and their productionUrine and urinatingWeeping and crying burst into tears B1 to suddenly start to cry Weeping and crying in tears B1 crying : I found him in tears in his bedroom .Weeping and crying
(Definition of tear noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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